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Faculty research

Our faculty provide context and commentary fortified by experience, scholarship and publications. UVA nursing research falls into distinct clusters:

  • Pediatric & family health
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Oncology
  • Compassionate & palliative care
  • Chronic disease
  • Mental health nursing
  • Nursing history
  • Quality & safety
  • Dementia & aging
  • Health disparities
  • Interprofessional education

Current and prospective students interested in particular threads of research may contact faculty directly. Reporters seeking sources may contact Christine Kueter.

PhD researchers


Areas of expertise

Joel Anderson, assistant professor

Joel Anderson, PhD, a Roberts Scholar, statistician and an assistant professor in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care, focuses on integrative therapies for patients and caregivers. Anderson conducts research on complementary therapies for patients with fibromyalgia, cancer and diabetes, among other illnesses.

TOPICS: Alternative and complementary therapies; non-pharmacological therapies for patients with dementia; resiliency for caregivers; rural health; integrative care at end-of-life dementia; caregiver support; Healing Touch; electrical pulses to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.

Linda Bullock 150

Linda K. Bullock, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Jeanette Lancaster Alumni Endowed Professor and director of the school's Office of Nursing Research. The recipient of some $29 million in grants, a former school nurse, childbirth educator, and labor and delivery nurse, Bullock received a $2 million NIH grant to study the use of tablet computers as a means of detecting domestic violence during routine home visits from visiting nurses. In 2012, she used a $225,000 state grant to study whether pregnant teens respond best to in-person home visits or telephone support.

TOPICS: Maternal-child nursing (prenatal and post-childbirth); smoking cessation during pregnancy; intimate partner violence in homes with infants; rural health; domestic violence, teen pregnancy; technology in public health;
smoking cessation; screening for abuse.
Susan Bauer-Wu 150 Susan Bauer-Wu, PhD, RN, FAAN -- the Kluge Endowed Professor of Contemplative End-of-Life Care -- focuses on the effects of chronic stress and the use of contemplative approaches to bolster stress resilience and sense of well-being. The author of Leaves Falling Gently, contributing editor to Mindful magazine and a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, she has garnered some $7 million in federal and major foundation funding during her academic career. TOPICS: Contemplative science; mindfulness-based interventions; complementary/integrative medicine; palliative and end-of-life care; psycho-oncology; psychoneuroimmunology; caregiver stress; resiliency in health care professionals; mixed methods research; resilience to stress and its effect on well-being.
Camille Burnett, assistant professor

Camille Burnett, PhD, MPA, APHN-BC, RN, BScN, DSW -- an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems -- studies and teaches public health, health disparities, structural justice and women's health issues.

Burnett - who received a $321,000 NIH minority supplement grant - is currently evalauting the effect of a high-tech domestic violence screening tool developed by her UVa colleague Linda F.C. Bullock.

TOPICS: Examining health policy and how it determines outcomes; policy impacts; structural violence and social justice; public health, violence against women, health disparities.
Cathy Campbell Cathy Campbell, PhD, ANP-BC, is an associate professor of nursing in the department of Acute & Specialty Care, and teaches courses to both undergraduates and graduate students related to palliatice and hospice care and interprofessional education, and has traveled as part of interprofessional teams conducting research and serving abroad. TOPICS: Hospice, palliative care, end-of-life decision-making, rural health and health care disparities; community education in palliative care for rural and underserved communities; global palliative care.
Myra Clark, assistant professor Myra Clark, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC, is a Roberts Scholar and an assistant professor in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems. A long-time NP who specialized in diabetes education among rural populations, Dr. Clark teaches courses on health disparities and chronic disease. TOPICS: Rural health disparities, especially in southern Appalachia; uninsured; access to care issues; diabetes and diabetes education.
Pam deGuzman 150 Pam DeGuzman, PhD, MBA, RN, an assistant professor of nursing and a Roberts Scholar, studies the effect of built environment on the health of vulnerable populations. She is also a fellow of the UVA Center for Design and Health, and teaches healthcare management, administration, and research. TOPICS: Built environment influences on population health, specifically with vulnerable populations; using secondary data analysis; geographic information systems.
Beth Epstein 150

Beth Epstein, PhD, RN, an associate professor, teaches courses on ethics and pharmacology in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care. A long-time NICU nurse, Dr. Epstein is currently studying whether the use of technology to connect parents of NICU babies and their nurses and physicians buoys trust.

TOPICS: Pediatrics, pediatric nursing; end-of-life issues; medical ethics; ethics in healthcare decision-making; moral distress; pharmacology.
Dorrie Fontaine150 Dorrie K. Fontaine, RN, PhD, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing since 2008, is a tireless advocate for innovative nursing curricula, interprofessional education and collaborative practice and healthy work environments. A long-time acute care nurse who spent years at one of the nation's busiest ERs in urban Baltimore, Dr. Fontaine speaks about compassionate care, nursing and nurse faculty shortages, promoting resilience in nurses, and incorporating practices of mindfulness, yoga and meditation to ensure that new and seasoned nurses care for themselves -- and can offer the best in care for their patients. TOPICS:
Nursing faculty shortage;
interprofessional communication and education;
mindfulness; health care reform; compassionate care; teaching compassion and empathy; nursing burnout; healthy work environments; critical care nursing.
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Julie Haizlip, MD, is a clinical professor of nursing and pediatrics. She is co-director of the Center for ASPIRE, the hub of all interprofessional activity within the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, and studies interprofessional education, appreciative practice and pediatric sedation.

TOPICS: Pediatrics; interprofessional education; pediatric sedation; pediatric & family health; quality & safety.
Patricia Hollen 150

Patricia Hollen, PhD, RN, FAAN holds the Malvina Yuille Boyd Professor of Oncology Nursing Endowed Chair in the School of Nursing and a joint appointment as Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine.  Her research has focused on both adolescents and adults.  She is currently co-principal investigator of a $2 million NIH/NCI multi-site, randomized clinical trial that will test the use of a decision aid for patients with advanced lung cancer coupled with a validated, electronic quality of life measure to provide immediate results over the treatment period.

TOPICS: Decision making among adolescents to reduce risk behaviors; adolescent cancer survivors; quality of life for adults with lung cancer; malignant pleural mesothelioma; decision aids, health-related quality of life, and instrumentation.
Randy Jones 150 Randy Jones, PhD, RN, FAAN currently teaches both undergraduate and graduate nursing students for the Department of Acute & Specialty Care. His research interest is in prostate cancer, health disparities, and treatment decision-making. Jones is assistant director of the Center for Nursing Research and, effective July 1, 2014, will assume directorship of the School's undergraduate programs. TOPICS: Health disparities among minority/vulnerable populations; diabetes and breast cancer; psycho-social behaviors among patients with cancer; prostate cancer; health disparities; rural health.
Arlene Keeling

Arlene Keeling, PhD, the Centennial Distinguished Professor and the director of the Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, is the author of Nurses on the Frontline: When Disaster Strikes (2011) and The Nurses of Mayo Clinic (2014). Dr. Keeling's popular courses -- required of every nursing student earning any degree -- inform contemporary nursing practice by examining what's been done in times past: successfully, and not so successfully.

TOPICS: Nursing history; cardiac nursing; history of nursing's prescriptive authority; rural nursing;
Florence Nightingale; Mayo Clinic nursing history.
Susan Kools 150px

Susan Kools, PhD, RN, FAAN -- one of the first to study approaches that promote identity development and social relationships to reduce alienation and stigma among adolescents in foster care -- is an internationally-known expert on qualitative methods and known widely for her pioneering work in dimensional analysis. Her research has supported legislation to help young people aging out of the foster care system.

TOPICS: Foster care, adolescence, aging out of foster care system, supporting the mental health needs of foster children, pediatric nursing.
Christine Kennedy 150

Christine Kennedy, RN, PNP, PhD, FAAN -- the Madeline Higginbotham Sly Professor of Nursing and a professor of pediatrics in the School of Medicine -- is the School's chief academic officer, as Associate Dean for Academic Programs. A member of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, she studies pediatric nursing and children's behavioral health. Her program of research is focused on the impact of daily life activities on children’s development, specifically on the behavioral underpinnings to health in early childhood (3-8 years of age). She studies children’s developing health behaviors and health compromising behaviors exploring three areas of influence - media, culture, ethnicity and illness.

TOPICS: How children develop health behaviors; the effect of media, culture and ethnicity and illness on children's development of health behaviors; interventions to change sedentary behaviors and increase healthy lifestyles in families; reduction of fatigue and stress in mothers; use of mobile phone strategies to facilitate physical activity in low-literacy populations in primary care settings.
Pam Kulbok 150

Pam Kulbok, DNSc, RN, FAAN, is the Theresa A. Thomas Professor of Nursing Professor of Public Health Sciences, chair of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, coordinator of the Public Health Nursing Leadership program and an RWJF Executive Nurse Fellow.

Nursing leadership;health promotion theory; adolescent health behavior; youth tobacco, alcohol and drug use prevention; community-based participatory research;
tobacco use and cessation; rural healthcare; public health nursing.

Kathryn Laughon 150

Kathryn Laughon, PhD, RN, FAAN - who focuses her work on issues related to intimate partner violence and its impact on women and children - is a forensic nurse examiner. Dr. Laughon conducts evidence collection and provides care to victims of sexual assault, teaches in the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems, and is currently researching a novel dye that better highlights sexual assault injuries in women of color. Dr. Laughon currently is principle investigator on a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to test an intervention for guardians of children orphaned by intimate partner homicide.

TOPICS: Domestic violence; identifying and preventing poor health outcomes associate with violence against women; relationship between women's experience of violence and their risk for STIs; sexual assault;
violence and STDs; forensic nursing; rape.
150 x 200 Jeongok Gang Logan, PhD, RN, studies the link between psychological stress and arterial stiffness. An assistant professor and Roberts Scholar, her program of research includes identifying causal risk factors of arterial stiffness and developing culturally sensitive interventions for early detection and reduction of arterial stiffness in people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. TOPICS: cardiovascular healthy; the physiological effect of stress on the heart and arteries; vulnerable populations; chronic disease; dementia & aging.
Jessica Malpass 150 Jessica Keim-Malpass, PhD, RN -- a Roberts Scholar through 2016 -- studies the health problems of vulnerable populations with an emphasis on pediatric, adolescent and young adult health. A member of the Department of Acute & Specialty Care, she teaches CNL students and undergraduates about health policy, social justice and patient advocacy; methods focus, including qualitative (phenomenological, narrative & ethnographic), mixed methods and policy analysis. TOPICS: Pediatric nursing; pediatrics; young adult oncology; cancer blogs; vulnerable populations and health literacy; implementation of the ACA; history and evolution of health policies; social justice and patient advocacy.
IrmaMahone 150 Irma Mahone, PhD, RN, is a research assistant professor of nursing. She is a registered nurse with a master's degree in psychiatric mental health and a PhD in nursing. TOPICS: Mental health, rurality.
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Mary Faith Marshall, PhD, FCCM is a bioethicist and former critical care nurse who carries joint appointments as a faculty member in the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine.

Reproductive ethics, research ethics, clinical ethics, and policy approaches to perinatal substance abuse.
Elayne Phillips 150px Elayne Phillips, PhD, RN, returned to the School of Nursing in 2014 after six years as the director of research for UVA’s International Healthcare Worker Safety Center. Fervent in the belief that nurses must understand their rights and employer obligations when it comes to workplace injury, she has spoken across the U.S. and collaborated internationally with groups from Mexico to Japan, working to protect health-care workers from needle-stick and similar injuries. TOPICS: Sharps injuries; needlestick injuries; community health nursing; unintentional injuries in nursing; risks to healthcare workers; interventions to prevent sharps and needlesticks injuries.
Mary Ropka 150 Mary Ropka, PhD, RN, FAAN, teaches public health to both nursing and medical school students. Director of the first intramural research program at the NINR at the NIH, she is a former behavioral scientist in cancer prevention and control at Fox Chase Cancer Center. TOPICS: Public health; patient decision-making; risk assessment; risk process; risk communication; risk management.
Karen Rose 150 Karen Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and assistant dean for research and innovation, conducts research focused on the effects of dementia on patients and their families. In 2012, she received a $428,000 NIH grant to study the link between nighttime agitation and incontinence, and also studies the effect of meditation on stress and caregiver burden related to dementia. Dr. Rose is a fellow of both the Academy and the Gerontological Society of America. TOPICS:
Health outcomes of caregivers of persons with dementia; sleep disturbances and neuropsychological behaviors in people with dementia; improving family quality of life; Alzheimer's;
meditation and stress;
alternative therapy.
Schminkey Donna Schminkey, PhD, MPH, RN, CNM, a Roberts Scholar and a 2014 UVA graduate, studied the impact domestic violence, depression and perceptions of social support have on the gestational age and birth weight of babies for her doctoral dissertation. As an assistant professor, Schminkey’s scholarship will enable nurses to provide premium care to vulnerable populations, and further understanding of the impact of stress on babies, and the way that the timing of support can help. TOPICS: Domestic violence's impact on pregnancy and infant health; timing and interventions' impact on babies' birth weight and gestational length; impact of material stress on birth outcomes.
Ann Taylor 150 px

Ann Taylor, EdD, MS, RN, FAAN, is a clinical nurse researcher for four decades, studies mind-body therapies, alternatives to traditional symptom management, pain management for fibromyalgia, and is the Betty Norman Norris Professor of Nursing. She is part of the Department of Acute & Specialty Care.

TOPICS: Pain management for cancer; yoga, mindfulness; meditation; therapeutic massage; electrical pulses to relieve fibromyalgia symptoms; alternative therapies for diabetes;management of pain, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue and sleep disturbances.
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Yasemin Turkman, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, MPH - an assistant professor and Roberts Scholar - studies psychosocial oncology, mental health nursing, health disparities and resiliance in the face of life-limiting illness. She is a member of the Department of Family, Community & Mental Health Systems.

TOPICS: Mental health nursing; compassionate and palliative care; oncology; chronic illness.
Ken White 150

Ken White, PhD, APRN, FACHE, FAAN, is the School's Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships & Innovation and the UVA Medical Center Professor of Nursing. Point-person for on-Grounds collaborations and a 2013 UVA graduate, White has a joint appointment at Darden and McIntire, and teaches, mentors and advises graduate nursing students in the Department of Acute & Specialty Care.

TOPICS: Palliative care; palliative care programs' clinical and non-clinical outcomes; palliative care models in ICUs; hospital administration; nursing leadership; hospital ownership and outcomes; compassionate care; end-of-life care, history and future of U.S. Catholic hospitals; organizational theory applied to healthcare organizations.
Ishan Williams 150

Ishan Williams, PhD, conducts culturally relevant research among vulnerable populations, such as rural and minority populations, around the areas of chronic illness and mental health among older adults and their caregivers. She is currently studying whether primary care clinicians are offering appropriate screenings for African-Americans over age 60 who have risk factors for dementia, including history of stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes and a history of smoking.

TOPICS: Family caregiving of older adults with dementia; health care access and treatment of aging, rural and minority populations;Alzheimer's disease; dementia, African-Americans' health risks; rural and minority health care issues; vulnerable populations.

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